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Workshop on the General Principles of Transboundary Water Cooperation

3 - 4 October 2016

Campeche, Mexico

The workshop was jointly organized by the UNECE and the National Water Commission of Mexico (CONAGUA), in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico (SEMARNAT), the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Ibero-American Water Directors Conference (CODIA), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). It was supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and other donors. It was organized as a follow-up of the workshop “Latin American and Pan-European Regions: Sharing Experiences and Learning from Each Other”, which took place in June 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The workshop provided an in-depth analysis of the principles of transboundary water cooperation through examination of relevant good practices and instruments. Participants discussed in particular the benefits and challenges associated with international legal instruments such as the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses (Watercourses Convention). During the workshop, concrete experiences from bilateral and multilateral cooperation on transboundary water were illustrated.

The workshop also provided an opportunity to discuss the legal and institutional aspects of transboundary water cooperation, that builds trust for cooperation by assessing its benefits, data exchange and adaptation to climate variability and change.

A short article by UNECE regarding the workshop can be found here.

DocumentsENGESP
Information noticePDFPDF
Provisional agendaPDFPDF
List of participantsPDF
List of national participantsPDF
Background documents

Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes as amended, along with decision VI/3 clarifying the accession procedure
(ECE/MP.WAT/41)

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Guide to Implementing the Water Convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/39)

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Brochure "The Global Opening of the 1992 UNECE Water Convention"
(ECE/MP.WAT/43)

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Policy guidance note on the benefits of transboundary water cooperation: identification, assessment and communication
(ECE/MP.WAT/47)


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Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses (New York, 1997)PDF
UN Watercourses Convention Online User's GuideLink
PresentationsENGESP
Session 1: Transboundary watercourses cooperation: Main principles and their application through various legal frameworks

International Water Law: the policy / political dimensions: sense or no(n)-sense?
Ms. Lesha Witmer, WWF

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The 1992 Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes and The 1997 Convention on the Law of Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses – Similarities and Differences
Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, Northumbria University

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The UNECE Water Convention in practice: Experience from its implementation, institutional framework and activities on the ground
Ms. Francesca Bernardini, Secretary of the Water Convention, UNECE

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Current state of transboundary water cooperation in Latin America
Mr. Julio Montes de Oca, IUCN Central America

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Session 2: Good practices and tools available in different regions of the world

Obligations in international water law and principles for effective joint bodies developed under the Water Convention
Péter Kovács, Ministry of Interior of Hungary

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Institutional Aspects of Cooperation between Mexico and the United States for the Integrated Management of the Rio Bravo and the Colorado River
Mr. José Alejandro Cervantes Beltrán, Director General of the Península de Baja California River Basin Organization, CONAGUA

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CeReGas and Governance – The Guarani Aquifer System: An example of binational cooperation between Argentina and Uruguay
Ms. Ximena Lacues, Technical Secretariat CeReGas (Regional Center for Groundwater Management for Latin America and the Caribbean)

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Experience from Rio de la Plata
Dr. Juan Curbelo and Mr. Rolando Bustos, Administrative Commission for the Río de la Plata

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Management of transboundary basins - The case of Bolivia and Peru
Mr. Abelardo de la Torre Villanueva, Autoridad Nacional del Agua, Perú


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The Albufeira Convention - Spanish experience in transboundary water cooperation with Portugal
Mr. Adriano García-Loygorri, General Directorate of Water, Spain

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How international water law rules and principles can help build trust - Learning from case studies
Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, Northumbria University

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Identifying, assessing and communicating benefits of transboundary water cooperation, and the history and lessons learned in the Sava River Basin
Ms. Dragana Milovanovic, Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Serbia

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Policy guidance note on identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of Transboundary water cooperation developed under the Water Convention and its application
Mr. Roberto Martín-Hurtado, UNECE Consultant

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Obligations on information-sharing and monitoring - Work under the Water Convention and monitoring of the implementation of transboundary cooperation under SDG6
Ms. Francesca Bernardini, Secretary of the Water Convention, UNECE

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Mexico – United States cooperation under the framework of the 1944 Water Treaty
Mr. Víctor Hugo Alcocer Yamanaka,Subdirector General Técnico, CONAGUA

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ISARM Americas: Regional Strategy for the Assessment and Management of the Transboundary Aquifer System in the Americas
Mr. Alfonso Rivera, Chief Hydrogeologist, Geological Survey of Canada, Natural Resources Canada

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Groundwater Resources Governance in Transboundary Aquifers: Integral Management of Bi-national Aquifer Ocotepeque-Citalá
Mr. Julio Montes de Oca, IUCN Central America

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